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"Edna Mode in The Incredibles says, 'If you don't have a backup plan, you simply don't fall back.' That's why I didn't get a second major in college and have resisted grad school."
— Kendra Augstin, Brooklyn, playwright and actress (which is why she'd "prefer the mystery" around her age)
"There's a scene [in Tangled] where Rapunzel finally leaves her tower and sees the outside world for the first time. She has a bunch of mood swings, simultaneously feeling excited for her future and guilty because of the oppression she faced her whole life. As a person with bipolar and borderline personality disorder, I felt it was something I could relate to that I hadn't really seen in a Disney film before."
— Rachel Sather, 22, New York City, freelance writer
"Inside Out honestly made me realize (years later) that the fact that I wasn't a happy-go-lucky kid after I moved and went through puberty was okay. I had felt guilty about not being as happy as I was as a kid, even as a 24-year-old."
— Rachel Leishman, 24, Brooklyn, sales assistant
"When I finished grad school, I couldn't find a job right away and it really was a hard time in my life. I felt really down and was wondering if I had made a mistake choosing journalism as a career path, instead of going to law school or something.
"One night, when I was really down, I watched Harriet The Spy and it really resonated with me. For a big portion of the movie, people are furious with Harriet, her life is drastically changing, and she feels like she's made a huge mistake. But by the end, she learns that she loves writing and observing — and there's no one who can change that.
It literally made me cry. Anyway, that movie made me believe I could do it if I stuck with it. And it all worked out!"
— Ally Hickson, 29, New York City, associate editor, digital innovation